I just wanted to say something quick and simple about the iPod announcements yesterday.
First, I think Apple could have done a better job with the design of the "iPod Touch" - it's an iPhone without the cellphone. I think that's A HUGE MISTAKE. They should just give the iPhone an easy non activatable option ... then I'm sure a few people would actually decide, once bought, to get cell phone service.
Second, I love the iPod Classic's storage capacity of 160GB. The iPod makes a great battery powered backup drive. I might consider getting one of these.
Third, the Nano" Fatty" is ugly and no longer a Nano - they shoulda just come up with a new name. Nano "Crunk Edition" (just kidding)
Fourth ... look ... I realize technology gets better and prices go down ... but a $200 price drop in 68 days is too extreme. $100 I could have understood.
That's not just a $200 price drop ... it's a $212 price drop if you add in tax (even more if your state has a higher tax rate than mine). I'm going to investigate my credit card's price protection plan ... I think it covers 90 days. Apple's price protection covers 14 days ... so if you bought your iPhone in the last 14 days ... make sure you call 1-800-SOS-APPL immediately to get your credit. Apple doesn't automatically credit this "price protection".
John Gruber had an interesting point that I I suppose I agree with ...
(And for those of you who’ve already bought one and are pissed about the price cut, if you didn’t think the iPhone was worth $599, you shouldn’t have bought it. That’s how supply and demand works.)
I do expect Apple to treat me like a loyal Apple customer who waits in lines and follows their every move with my breath held, while avoiding obsessive fanaticism ... rather than like an oil company who could care less about it's customers and knows that they can charge whatever they want to and the customers will still buy.
He also mentioned this:
I wonder about the 30-day refund period, though — the $200 cut is far more than the restocking fee.
... one DF reader who bought an iPhone in early August reports that he called Apple and they offered him a $100 refund. Anyone else corroborate this?
I sold my digital camera, my cell phone(s), and my GPS so I could afford my iPhone. I could have kept my GPS (which I kinda miss) had the price for my phone been $448 after taxes and activation rather than $683 after taxes and activation.
I maybe could have understood this price drop closer to Christmas, but I think the drop so soon after introduction was a slap in the face; making some feel like losers for waiting in line for hours and going through the "kinks period" and two software updates.
I'm also slightly upset as a shareholder. While I own a miniscule amount of Apple stock - I'm slightly perturbed by this business decision. I would like Apple to make as much money as the market is willing to bear ... I say that is only $100 in a price drop ... not $200! Plus the speculation (however false that speculation may be) is that Apple is not selling iPhones well, hence the price drop. I doubt there would have been this chatter had Apple dropped the price $50 or even $100.